Mobile payment and cashless society
Are we heading towards a mobile payment and cashless society?
More and more we are seeing mobile payments being used and cashierless supermarkets. Scan, pay and go apps making your shopping trip easier and quicker.
Amazon Go, is a supermarket where customers scan their mobiles at a turnstile to enter the shop, then cameras and sensors identify what they take from the shelves. They then get billed directly from Amazon for their shopping. No cash or cashiers involved.
Amazon Go, have opened up several shops over the USA. A recent report has confirmed that Amazon Go have found a space to open their 1st London cashierless Amazon Go store.
In London, Sainsbury’s have also been trialing a cashierless supermarket where a scan, pay & go app allows them to pay for their purchases on their phone.
Companies are developing an app that will allow you to book your table, open up a tab and pay the bill including any tips – all from your phone.
Of course there are food delivery companies such as Deliveroo and UberEats. However, a company called MealPal has gone that one stage further. MealPal is a monthly lunch subscription which you pay for on their app. You pay for a certain number of lunches/ dinners provided by the local restaurants in your area. You order it online and then go and collect. Incidentally, each meal is slightly cheaper than if you bought it directly from the shop. Thus saving both time and money. Another company have launched an app called Ritual, this enables group ordering. Someone orders via the app, this sends an alert to their colleagues who can add to the order if they wish. They will also receive an alert when their colleague has returned with their food.
Both Starbucks and Macdonalds have an app whereby you can pre-order and pay and then go and pick it up at a designated time. Macdonalds also appear to have some exclusive discounts when using the app, which can be used for the next order.
Even parking costs can now be paid online and or via an app. PayByPhone, makes it much easier and quicker with just a mobile payment. The app can also alert you to when your parking session is nearly finished. If needed simply extend it with a single click. The app also comes with a map feature so it can guide you back to where you have parked your car.
Mobile payment and cashless society? Not quite yet, but we are certainly heading in that general direction.